Cambridge Consultants wants to make sure your glucose monitor and pulse oximeter are on speaking terms.
The Boston-based design and engineering shop introduced its VenaHub device portal, a small, Bluetooth-enabled device that resembles a USB thumb drive, designed to capture data from wireless medical devices and integrate it into a customizable, online portal that can run on almost any computer.
The USB device is designed to understand any devices certified by the Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit coalition of companies working to create high-tech personal health devices. So far that’s a glucose monitor, a blood pressure monitor and a pulse oximeter.
The Cambridge Consultants product, which is still in the concept phase (although the software platform is ready), was unveiled to coincide with the 6th annual Connected Health Symposium at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel Oct. 21-22. Cambridge Consultants is seeking another vendor to partner with before releasing the VenaHub into the market.
Cambridge Consultants group manager Vaishali Kamat told MassDevice that the device was designed to fill a gap in the wireless health services spectrum. While many companies are creating wireless personal health devices which speak, no one has designed a product specifically designed to listen Kamat said. The Bluetooth technology in her company’s allows you to keep it on your body while it listens and interprets signals from other devices, she said. The information is stored and then downloaded onto a computer by plugging the device into a USB portal.
Kamat told us the process is much easier and less cumbersome than current tele-health products, which require dedicated hubs.
“You don’t need that dedicated device to collect health or biometric data,” she said. “With this, you can plug it in and have it collect data.”
Kamat said the company is seeking medical device companies to partner with in launching the device. The ideal client, she said, would be “any medical device manufacturers that are in the space, or would like to play in the space with low cost solution.”